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Suvi Minkkinen in the World Cup Season Opening 2022-23 in Kontiolahti. Photo: @kp4pix


Ticket Sales Open for the Biathlon World Cup Season Opening in Finland - Package Tours Available from Central Europe

World Cup season opening in November-December offers seven race days and ten events.

Ticket sales for the 2024-25 Biathlon World Cup season opening event in Finland are now open.

The program comprises ten events in seven race days, which makes it the most extensive event ever held in Kontiolahti.

One of the events is the short individual race, which was first tested in World Cup in January in Antholz-Anterselva, Italy.

“The program is exceptionally diverse from the Finnish perspective. All World Cup race forms except the pursuit are included”,  says Jarno Lautamatti, who is responsible for ticket sales at Kontiolahti Sport Club. 

Package Tours from Central Europe

Biathlon World Cup starts in Kontiolahti, Finland, and visits eight locations in seven other countries.

The World Championships take place in mid-February in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, and the World Cup concludes in March in Holmenkollen, Norway.

Tour organizer Kon-Tiki Finland offers six-day package tours to the Kontiolahti event for the fans from Central Europe. The charter flights of the package tours will depart from Munich, and the guests will stay at the Break Sokos Hotel Koli Kyla.

“We are proud to be able to offer a package tour with direct flights to Joensuu for the Central European biathlon fans. We have put together two six-day packages. In addition to the biathlon events, it is possible to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Koli. This is an excellent opportunity for us to present North Karelia as an alternative to Lapland tourism”, says Kimmel Levonen from tour organizer Kon-Tiki Finland.

Free Entry for Children under 12

Tickets are available for the main stand at the biathlon stadium and the track stand. VIP tickets include access to the VIP stand as well as the services in the VIP tent including buffet catering.

Seniors, children, and students are entitled to discounted prices.

“Children under 12 years who are accompanied by a guardian, have free entry to the track and main stands ”, says Lautamatti.

He is pleased that the spectator services can be planned in the same way as before the COVID pandemic after a break of several years.

“The atmosphere of the spectator tent is an important attraction that cannot be experienced through a TV screen. The services in the spectator tent and the entire area are in the works, and we will provide further details in the early autumn”, says Lautamatti.

Translation from Finnish: Hanna Sairanen